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Is It a Scam? A Hedonistic Cult Plans to Open African Clinic to Reverse Female Genital Mutilation

A Hedonistic cult that believes humans were created by aliens to experience pleasure is the force behind Africa’s first hospital dedicated to restoring pleasure and dignity to victims of genital mutilation. Kamkazo Clinic, also called Pleasure Hospital,  started as a project of the Raelians and is set to open in Burkina Faso in March.

The clinic already has a waiting list of 300 women for the controversial clitoral restoration procedure. Yet even before opening its doors, the clinic and its backers have come under fire from experts who believe the woman’s center will do more harm than good.

Dr. Petra Boynton, a UK sex expert is leery of the Raelian-sponsored NGO Clitoraid raising funds for the Pleasure Hospital and noted that, “contemporary research suggests restorative procedures are ineffective without considering wider social and cultural factors.”

The NGO operating the clinic, Clitoraid, however, pointed out that the procedure is safe and has been tested in clinical trials. In France, over 3000 women have successfully had the surgery and many report reduced pain, increased pleasure and for some, even the ability to achieve orgasm for the first time.

The group also downplayed cultural concerns, pointing out that it was a woman from Burkina Faso who asked the Raelians to get involved in the first place.

“Clitoraid was founded after a cry for help from Banemanie, the Clitoraid leader in Burkina Faso who discovered the possibility to be repaired existed,” the Clitoraid site explains. “Rael, learning about it, asked all the Raelians to help her and the women like her in Burkina Faso.”

Yet, Boynton and others remain wary that this may turn out to be a cruel medical hoax perpetrated on women who have already been victimized, especially given the Raelians dodgy past.

Clonaid, a similarly named Raelian-backed NGO, announced in 2002 that it had successfully cloned a baby named ‘Eve.’ Since then, it has expanded those claims by promoting cloning as a reality, raking in millions, despite being widely panned as a fraud.

“Clonaid prides itself on never releasing the identity of the numerous individuals who have been cloned ” Brigitte Boisselier, head of Clonaid, said in defense of the cloning project. “Even if that policy has been at the cost of my reputation, it’s important for us that the celebrities and other interested parties contacting us know they won’t be betrayed.”

Now Boynton says that before this African clinic opens, soliciting millions in donations and raising hope among victims of female genital mutilation, that it must be established whether “any organization involved is there to do good,” and is not, as some suspect, another attempt, like Clonaid “to promote themselves or even operate a scam.”

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Tamar is a New York based freelance writer and photographer whose work has appeared in over 15 publications. You can catch her work regularly on Issue Hawk, Latest, Jspace, and MediaGlobal.